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REVIURE

Atila

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loserboy
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5 stars Very much in the spirit of its predecessor "Intencion", "Reviure" is a magical album with original charm and character that will appeal to all fans of 70's progressive rock. ATILA offers long instrumental jams and heavy symphonic dynamics throughout (somewhere in the CAMEL, ELP mode). They take great care in their playing with some pretty crafty instrumentation with heavy focus on keyboards as the dominant focus. Bass, guitar and drum interplay is superb as well with some monumental aspects throughout this album. There is some vocals as well and they are very well done with great emotion and range. Hate to say this but this is another essential album you will need to have in your collection.

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Send comments to loserboy (BETA) | Report this review (#18397)
Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004 | Review Permalink
Prognut
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5 stars Now this is their best...longer jams and tracks.

Heavy vintage synth use and pretty much similar to their first one, with a better and more solid interplay of guitar-bass-drum, and again mostly instrumental........hardly ever I would recommend 2 albums of the same band as being essentials, this one is the exception; in spite of that, if I have to choose because one reason or another....I will probably get this one, and somehow will come back for the other later. The epic track of the same name of the band "Atila" is a Masterpiece of symphonic progressive rock that shows what collectible this band was really capable off, also there is an amazing drum solo (not particularly a fan for those) that will make your head pause and pay attention, I think this track alone pays the price of the CD.

Please, let me ask you if I could!!!.......What the heck are you waiting for?. My friend, just go and try to get it, while copies last...A Superb Masterpiece!!!!..PERIOD.

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Send comments to Prognut (BETA) | Report this review (#18398)
Posted Friday, April 16, 2004 | Review Permalink
Progbear
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4 stars Intense riffage, tons of great analog synth work, fiery guitar playing, and that's just the opening song! One of those prog albums that hits very hard, and one of the finest from that Catalan region (the rather sparse vocals are in Catalan). True, the rest of the album can't quite match the impact of that monstrous opening track, but it's all excellent, and recommended to all who can find a copy.

Please note that the version of REVIURE that was released as bonus tracks on the recent INTENCIÓN reissue is a live version, not the original studio recording. The Tachika "mini-LP" release is, of course, pirated and thus NOT recommended!

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Send comments to Progbear (BETA) | Report this review (#44957)
Posted Tuesday, August 30, 2005 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. Man these guys can play. The interplay between these musicians is amazing, and for me this is what stands out the most about this album. Specifically the bass, keyboards and guitar playing off one another is a blast to listen to.The album cover is almost misleading as you would think there would be some pretty dark tunes inside judging from it.

The first song "Reviure" starts off with the sound of wind blowing and other eerie sounds, then light drums, guitar and keyboards come into play. Synths are prominant 2 minutes in.There is a fiery guitar solo, then back to the rhythm, then the keyboardist has his solo with drums following along. Vocals come in after 6 1/2 minutes and they sound really good. Organ a minute later as the sound and vocals build. Synths and drums lead the way late.Great opening song.The next song "Somni" has lots of spacey keyboards early. A change 1 1/2 minutes in as strummed guitar, drums, then bass joins in. Synths follow. I really like this hypnotic section but it changes after six minutes as the tempo picks up and vocals then guitar take over. It changes back to the hypnotic vibe of earlier 8 minutes in to the end.

"Atila" opens with someone coughing while others are talking. Then the drums, moog, keyboards come in playing together while the guitar solos over top.There is a spacey interlude.The song sounds good after 6 1/2 minutes with the moog and drums. Guitar starts to solo like earlier. Nice bass too. Organ comes in, then a drum solo. Synths and organ take turns leading the rest of the way. The final song "Al Mati" has some vocals, but clearly this is an album that is focused on the amazing playing skills of these talented Spaniards. It's windy then spacey to open before it kicks into gear. Vocals and a calm follow. The vocals are so passionate at times. Great section. It picks back up as the tempo continues to shift. Some outstanding guitar and bass later.

This is a record that needs to be played a lot to be appreciated. I keep hearing things I didn't grasp at first, and i'm sure this will continue for some time. A real treasure.

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Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#93554)
Posted Thursday, October 05, 2006 | Review Permalink
Cesar Inca
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5 stars Gotic, Iceberg and Fusioon have given splendor to the area of prog rock in Spain from the aforesaid country's Catalonian region. But they haven't been the only ones. Atila is a name to be added in this selected group, and this album "Reviure" (their second official album, their third real release) is the main reason why. Having given proof of their sonic strength and genuine enthusiasm in their previous effort "Intención", this album was the band's undisputed zenith. The band's natural, relentless energy was properly focused within the stylish trend of symphonic prog, with the addition of space-rock's atmospheres and jazz-oriented dynamics in lots of places. Yet, the whole sound is not what you would call eclectic or hybrid, but essentially symphonic. There is not a wasted second in any of the four tracks comprised in this repertoire. The namesake opener starts with psychedelic guitar harmonies, spacey synths and percussive adornments, with the bass guitar freely displaying a solo in between. This is the gradual elaboration of a prelude to the powerful main section that combines ballsy guitar and elegantly measured keyboard orchestrations. The sort of mood created here reminds us of a "Moon Madness"- era Camel leftover picked up and revamped by a combo of musicians from Iceberg, Metamorfosi and Asfalto. The brief sung section is very ceremonious, allowing the track's scheme to include a moment of pompous seriousness among the overall explosive ambience. 'Somni' is less extroverted, working on the combination of the lyrical and the spacey on a jazz-friendly rhythmic basis. The long synthesizer solo that makes much of the track is a genuine expression of keyboardsman Noguer's ambitions for the band's musical trend. The sung portion is joyful, mischievous in a way. Being as it is the song's rockier section, the somewhat predominant stance of the guitar solo makes perfect sense: it is even prolonged into the first third of the track's coda before the synthesizer resumes its initial starring role. 'Atila' is the definitive monster track in the album: not only that, it is the definitive Atila factor in the development of Spain's progressive rock. In many ways this piece is heavily connected to the jamming strategy that had made such a strong mark on the debut album's spirit, but there is something new about the sophistication used in its delivery. Everything falls right in place here; the grooves are so powerfully sustained that they make sundry sonic elements work perfectly as a succession of sorts: heavy guitar riffs and leads, cosmic synth layers, stylish organ solos, drum rolls intertwined with krautrock-like electronic pulsations, a drum solo, a delicious Bardens-meets-Wakeman Moog solo, etc. The humoresque vocalizations at the end bring a proper dose of folly to this exhibition of artistically shaped rock. The album's final 7 minutes are occupied by 'Al Mati'. This piece is mostly symphonic, bearing a weird family resemblance to Apoteosi and "Contrappunti"-era Le Orme. The instrumental interlude provides some jazzy variations (I wish it had been longer) before the tracks returns to the symphonic realms. The guitar solo that starts at the 4'40" is the best by Niebla. As always, the synth ends up assuming the leading role, even making a weird cybernetic twist in the end while the guitar concludes the final melodic flavors. This is 4.75-star material, a masterpiece indeed. This Atila album deserves every letter in every word of praise published in the Internet.

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Send comments to Cesar Inca (BETA) | Report this review (#172764)
Posted Sunday, June 01, 2008 | Review Permalink
Sean Trane
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4 stars 4.5 stars really!!!

Last album by this Catalonian quartet, and probably their crowning achievement, Reviure (reviver in Catalan) must be one of the most stunning Iberian albums around. Unlike many of their peers, Atila avoided sounding "Italian". (as Crack did) and were typically theirs (as Coto & Pel), roughly based on a sound between Vanilla Fudge, King Crimson, with un unusually ever-present Moog synth in the foreground. Niebla's guitar is excellent all around and leaves no ground uncovered that Nogue's Moog had left unfilled. Their sinister semi-skeleton artwork sure gave them an edge on many of their peers in the shelves of record stores. .

Two tracks aside with plenty of mainly instrumental enthusiastic prog (excellent but not overly pleasant vocals) filled of tricky time sigs and great interplay (JP Gomez's bass work is outstanding, getting the odd touch and oh-so-subtle of Zeuhl into a soundscape that Crimson would not disclaim. Like many of their Catalan peers (such as Iceberg, Fusioon or Maquina), Atila made sure that their music was solid in all department including the drummer Punet (he gets a short drum solo slot in the awesome eponymous track) and unlike what some seem to say, there is still some organ parts, namely in the album's apex, Atila. Four excellent tracks, not a moment of rest and plenty of power.

Although all three Atila albums are vastly different from each other, I believe all three are much worth the investigation, the debut being a bit iffier, unless you're into the type of music found on erotic spoof movie Vampyros Lesbos. One of the best albums from the Iberic peninsula.

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Send comments to Sean Trane (BETA) | Report this review (#172996)
Posted Wednesday, June 04, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars Atila's second album is a change from their debut album. The debut album was basically a symphonic prog album. On Reviure, the emphasis is on space rock though. Some of the music is also pretty jazzy and avant-garde at times. The interplay from the debut album is still there though. Atila has not left symphonic prog behind either. Let's say they have branched out and developed.

The four songs are average around ten minutes long and leaves a lot of space for improvisations. To this extent, this album (and Atila itself) is rooted in jazz. So far, so well.

I should had loved Atila......... and to a certain extent, I do. I admire their skills and their musical philosophy. I wish there was more bands like Atila. My problem is the lack of truly superb songs from Atila. They don't have one. That's their problem. They are weaving away with guitars and keyboards without really kicking in with anything which makes me dream, float away or even stop up in my daily life. There is not even anything magic with this album. Just an excellent Spanish band whose interplay is excellent, but who does not makes my heart string sings. As simple as that. I like this album, but that's all. But I do not think it is an excellent album. Of their two albums, I still prefer the debut album.

3 stars

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Send comments to toroddfuglesteg (BETA) | Report this review (#257862)
Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars Amazing album. A Spain progressive super-group. Four long tracks of high quality music. Psichedelic in some parts but with a very strong keiboards with high quality parts. In seim vein of Iceberg and other progressive bands, but not so fusion. Very balanced parts with some guitar pieces with high energy and conception. Only instrumental but with high complex context but very nice to listen. It's a synphonic album with lot of Jazz fusion parts. Great guitar, great keiboards, high quality drums and nice bass parts. A masterpiece from Spain. One of the most beautifull albuns from seventies and to me the best of this band. One of the best progressive albuns from Spain that have a high quality bands of this decade. Please enjoy and listen a great music made by a great Spanish band. 5 stars of course it's really a masterpiece.

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Posted Friday, May 14, 2010 | Review Permalink
Bonnek
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3 stars 'Reviure' is one of the few progressive rock albums from the latter 70s that can distract some words of praise from me. The main reason is that it maintains some of that rocking edge of the early 70s prog. In fact - and maybe it's due to the Spanish language - this recalls very much the 1972 RPI spirit, in particular bands like Il Balletto Di Bronzo or Osanna.

But that doesn't mean all is good. First of all the songwriting is never outstanding, or at least, I can't find much to distinguish one track from the next, the sparse vocals are weak in execution and also lack anything resembling a hook or decent melody. Sure, this ain't Genesis or Yes, despite the great rhythm section which closely resembles the Bruford-Squire tandem of old.

The musicianship is good, although I might have preferred the ELP-inspired synths to be lower in the mix. This would have brought the much more palatable bass and drums to the fore. Admitted, I like Prog mainly for the usually outstanding drums and bass parts. Still 3.5 stars, more for people that like keyboard-dominated Progressive Rock.

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Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 | Review Permalink
Gerinski
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4 stars 4 to 4.5 stars. The 3rd and most elaborated album by Atila, gone are the proto-prog elements and here we have clear symphonic style blended with space-prog ala Pink Floyd Meddle epoch. They signed to EMI, bassist was replaced by Jean Pierre Gomez and the female choir was eliminated, keyboardist Benet Nogué still provides the few vocals.

First track Reviure (Live Again) is a great song, starting atmospherically and building up tempo. The bass and drums are much better than in the previous albums, finally taking some attitude. There are a few vocals with lyrics revindicating the catalan culture.

2nd track Somni (A Dream) is more spacy, with a constant bass line over which keyboards and guitar improvise, good but the weakest of the album.

3rd track Atila starts with some disgusting coughing but once started it's a great track displaying very good keyboard and guitar soloing on a strong rhythm background.

Al Mati (In The Morning) is the best track, the most symphonic, with a few vocals sections but for the most part relying on the great instrumental work of the guys.

Definitely the best Atila album, if you feel like discovering this band this is the place to start, if you like them then check out their 2nd album Intencion.

There are (at least, as far as I know) 2 CD editions of this album, as a pack together with the previous album Intencion. The release by the tiny and now extinct label Pan Y Musica featured a live version of the full Reviure album from a live concert in 1999, sice EMI would not release the rights of the studio recording, it's good and it can decently substitute the studio version. The Mandala release contains the studio version of the Reviure album which I personally find the best.

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Posted Sunday, September 25, 2011 | Review Permalink
Marty McFly
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3 stars I am not sure if this album is an improvement over their debut one, but it certainly is different. Gone is the pure symph atmosphere, welcome far more atmospheric pieces which spans quite in length, not that less jamming, but it's rather of a different kind. Indeed, everything is different here. More jamming, more endless solos which in the end leads to no particular conclusion. They are just here, lying uninterestingly, waiting to catch someone's attention. Last track - Al Mati really tries to be the strongest one on Reviure and perhaps is succeeds. But one track cannot redeem the rest.

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Posted Thursday, January 05, 2012 | Review Permalink

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